The 3G phone is the newest addition to the mobile communication technology world. This highly-tech piece allows users to surf and share multimedia files, send and get emails, and take part video conferencing.
3G is an abbreviation for 3rd Generation. This technology is sometimes called the Next Generation in mobile phones technology. The 1st Generation was analogue technology that first appeared in the 1970s. The 2nd Generation, which is digital standard, was introduced in the 1990s and brought us the ability to send SMS messages via mobile phones.
The 3G standard makes it possible to transfer data at high speeds between digital phones. This is possible because the technology has a much larger bandwidth than any previous standards.
The introduction of 3gp, a new file type, is part of the next generation mobile technology. This video file format allows multi-media streaming on 3G compatible phones. It allows users to create, view, and share video files via their mobile network.
Multi-media container formats allow multiple file types to be stored in one file. Audio, video, bitrate information and data about the size and transfer speed of images are stored in this format.
The 3gp format, which is a simplified version of MP4 and MPEG-4 technology was created to reduce bandwidth and file size in order to be used with mobile phones.
The Third Generation Partnership Project (or 3GPP) and the Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (or 3GPP2) defined the format. These bodies bring together several countries to form a cooperation agreement for standardization of mobile phone formats. The goal is to enable consistent delivery of multimedia formats over 3rd Generation wireless networks around the world.
Two international standards are used for the 3gp file format.
3GPP is a file extension that uses.3gp. It’s compatible with GSM-based phones.
3GPP2 – Compliant with CDMA mobiles, and uses file extension.3g2.
You can easily transfer 3gp videos from mobile phones to a computer using Bluetooth or USB technology. These files are compatible for all platforms, Linux, Mac, Windows. Media players such as Quick Time and Media Player can play 3GP files.
Many software programs allow you to convert 3GP files into other video formats, such as avi and wmv. This allows you to play your 3GP files on other platforms. These files and others can be converted to 3GP, which allows them to be used on 3G phones. You can easily access the conversion software via the Internet, most of it for free.
Many 3G smartphones today can record and create 3gp file, and also playback and share. Depending on the model and brand of your mobile phone, there may be limitations on file size, resolution and memory.
Some high-end or modern 2G phones can play 3GP files just as well as some of the most recent 4G phones. There may be limitations depending on the brand and model.